Friday, March 10, 2017

March 10th, 2017 - Crestwood Secondary

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12) 

Events for the week of March 11th - March 17th:  
Saturday, March 11th:
                  State Individual Speech @ Waldorf College, Forest City
                  FFA Districts in Monticello

Monday, March 13th:
12:00         Prevention 5 Meeting in the District Board Room
3:00           Girls Track Indoor Meet @ Iowa State University
6:30           Choir Booster Meeting
7:00           School Board Meeting in the CHS Media Center
Tuesday, March 14th:  
9:00           High School Success Team Meeting 
6:00           Boys Basketball Awards in the CHS Student Center
7:30           Elementary and JH Band Concert in the CHS Auditorium    
Wednesday, March 15th:   
1:45           JH Success Team Meeting

Thursday, March 16th:
2:30            Alternative School Meeting

Friday, March 17th:     
                   End of the 3rd Quarter

Fine Arts Performances

During the past few weeks, the 7th - 12th grade students in the Band and Vocal Music programs have had several concerts, contests, and shows. 

It is great to hear our students share their gifts and talents in these public performances. 

Each event was entertaining and well done. Keep up the great work.

Professional Development on Monday, March 6th

Standards-Based Instruction and Grading
On Monday, March 6th, teachers took part in a professional development day. The majority of the day was devoted to aligning instruction to course standards and creating unit plans and rubrics to be used to assess the standards. The work is based on the beliefs shown below. 

What is Standards-Based Grading?
Standards-based grading is reporting student achievement by clearly communicating progress toward learning goals in a timely, accurate, and specific manner.

As said by a student: “You get a list of 'here’s what you need to know.' They check them off based on what you know and don’t know. You get to go back and fix what you don’t know. When you know it all, you’re good.”

Grading Philosophies
1. We believe students should be allowed multiple opportunities in various ways to demonstrate their understanding of classroom standards. Therefore, reassessments are allowed and may be required after the relearning process for full credit in all content areas in grades 7-12. 

2. We believe students’ grades should reflect what they actually know and can demonstrate on a classroom assignment or assessment tied to a specific standard. Therefore, extra credit will not be used.

3. We believe students learn at a different pace and ‘when’ students learn isn’t nearly as important as ‘if’ students learn. Therefore, after working with their teacher, students will not be academically penalized for turning in late work on an alternate date.

4. We believe students must acquire certain skills to be a successful citizen; however, we also believe that a grade must reflect what students know and can demonstrate when it comes to specific academic learning standards. Therefore, non-academic indicators such as classroom participation, behavior, work completion, attendance and other non-academic indicators will not be included in students’ academic grades.

QPR - Question, Persuade, Refer 
The Success team, along with other teachers, participated in a training on QPR. 

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.
Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. 

NICC Update on Employer Needs and Local Job Market
Erin Powers Daley, from NICC, presented a labor market overview to the Secondary Staff. The purpose was to provide the staff with information on projected workforce shortages and identify the strategies in place to mitigate these shortages in the Northeast Iowa Region.  She shared career information for high demand careers.  The goal is to place students in family-sustaining careers, fill the middle-skill needs of local employers and build career pathways to ensure economic vitality in our communities.  

This fits into the secondary CTE (Career and Technical Education) redesign initiative, which focuses on middle and high school students, is in line with the Future Ready Iowa initiative launched by Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds this last fall. The initiative focuses on ways to continue building Iowa’s talent pipeline and close the skills gap so that more Iowans have quality career opportunities and employers have the skilled workforce they need. This legislation will help achieve the Future Ready Iowa goal that 70 percent of Iowans in the workforce have education and training beyond high school by 2025.
The CTE redesign will:

  • Improve access to high-quality CTE through a statewide system of regional planning partnerships to assist school districts in providing an effective, efficient, and economical means of delivering programs.
  • Encourage alignment of secondary CTE offerings to in-demand occupations to meet the needs of employers.
  • Reform career and academic planning and CTE programming to encourage students to explore opportunities aligned to their interests through holistic career guidance, exploratory CTE coursework, and work-based learning opportunities.

February Attendance Update
We believe in positive school attendance, knowing that attending school has a huge impact on a student's academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Parents/Caregivers/Guardians play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and on the job. Research proves that if a student is not in school (excused or unexcused), these absences have a major impact on their educational progress. We do understand that "life" happens and it is a necessity to miss school, work, etc...  Family vacations, appointments, and other obligations are a necessity. Please continue to call our office and inform us of those absences and be here all other days. When a student misses a day, they really do miss a lot.  

Our average daily attendance rate is consistent when compared to this time last year.
We do, however, have two more students enrolled in grades 7-12 than we did a year ago at this time. In grades 7-12 we have 582 students in the seats, compared to 580 this time last year. 

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